Bryant Reeves

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Bryant Reeves
Personal information
Born (1973-06-08) June 8, 1973 (age 46)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High schoolGans (Gans, Oklahoma)
College Oklahoma State (1991–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Playing career1995–2001
Position Center
Number50
Career history
19952001 Vancouver Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,945 (12.5 ppg)
Rebounds 2,745 (6.9 rpg)
Blocks 302 (0.8 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Bryant Reeves (born June 8, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player. Reeves spent his entire career with the National Basketball Association's Vancouver Grizzlies, playing with the team from 1995 until 2001. He was nicknamed "Big Country" by his college teammate Byron Houston after Reeves was amazed following his first airplane flight across the United States, [1] having grown up in the small community of Gans, Oklahoma. [2]

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College career

Standing seven feet (210 cm) tall and weighing between 275 and 300 pounds (125 and 136 kg), Reeves was an imposing physical presence on the court and was primed to become a dominant center in the NBA. After a strong collegiate career with Oklahoma State University, where he averaged 21.5 points per game as a senior and led OSU to the 1995 Final Four, Reeves became the Grizzlies' first-ever draft choice, selected sixth overall in the 1995 NBA draft. [3]

Professional career

Reeves played six seasons with the Grizzlies. After averaging 13.3 points per game in a solid rookie season, he averaged 16.2 points per game in 1996–97 season and was subsequently awarded with a six-year, $61.8 million contract extension. The next season was his best, when he averaged 16.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.08 blocked shots per game. During that season he scored a career-high 41 points against the Boston Celtics.

After 1998, weight-control problems and injuries began to take a toll on Reeves, and his numbers fell off dramatically. [4] He was still the starting center for the Grizzlies, but his minutes per game dropped, and his field goal percentage dropped significantly. Eventually, after the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001, Reeves started the season on the injured list due to chronic back pain and was never able to play another game (the only games he played with the team in Memphis were two preseason games). During the preseason play in the fall of 2001, Reeves had experienced back pain and had to be taken off the court on two connected stretchers carried by eight of his teammates.[ citation needed ] He retired from the league midway through the 2001–02 season. [5]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1995–96 Vancouver 776324.9.457.000.7327.41.40.60.713.3
1996–97 Vancouver 757537.0.486.091.7048.12.10.40.916.2
1997–98 Vancouver 747434.1.523.000.7067.92.10.51.116.3
1998–99 Vancouver 251428.1.406.000.5785.51.50.50.310.8
1999–00 Vancouver 696725.7.448.000.6485.71.20.50.68.9
2000–01 Vancouver 754824.4.460.250.7966.01.10.60.78.3
Career39534130.6.475.074.7036.91.60.50.812.5

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